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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Blog Give Away

I love Tim Holtz' Alterations Dies.  How much do I love them?  Enough to buy the same thing twice even though I have that fabulous app on my phone.  What to do?  Have a blog give away!

You could have this wonderful Christmas die for the holiday season.  I really want to increase the number of followers to the blog and comments so here is how you can enter.
  1. Sign up as member of the blog
  2. Become a follower of the blog (include comment that you've done so)
  3. Leave a comment on a recent post
That's up to three entries be person.  Entries must be completed by midnight EST December 11. The winner will be randomly selected and will receive an email with mailing information.

In my box of duplicates I have an extra ATC Tim Holtz stamp that will be added to the die.  Feel free to pass this on to other crafters. Thanks for helping build my blog.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Patchwork Pandemonium

Based on Tim Holtz's most popular class, Patchwork Pandemonium is a fun journey of Ranger inks and paints with of Tim's products.

You'll use grunge board, textured fades, stamps, tapes, and lots of Ideaology pieces to create a framed work of art.  The final product is held in an 8 X * shadow box.  This class is good messy fun.

Register at Captured Moments at or call the store at 518-356-7985 or with me directly.  The class is $75.  You must bring a craft mat (Inkssentials mat recommended). which will be available for purchase at the store.

Technique Tags featuring Ranger Distress Products

On January 16, I'll be presenting a technique class which based on Tim Holtz' Creative Chemistry 101. You will create individual tags that take you step by step through multiple techniques using Ranger Inks, paints, powders, etc.  to learn how they work.  

Each tag includes written instructions to replicate the technique.

This class explains the 'hows and why's' of these products.  You'll have time to play with the products and create a reference book for your use in future projects.  

Register at Captured Moments at or call the store at 518-356-7985 or with me directly.  The class is $35.  You must bring a craft mat (Inksentials mat recommended) and a blending tool with extra sponges (Inksentials).  Both will be available for purchase at the store.

December Card Tricks Class at Michael's-Vintage Christmas

The third of the Michael's Special Holiday Card Classes, A Vintage Christmas, features cards using distress inks and techniques. This class will be repeated on December 4th and only costs $10.  Register at the Latham Michael's.

October Sketched Out class at Michael's

I'll be posting past Sketched Out samples on my blog that weren't posted prior to class dates.  Here are the October pages.  The first person to sign up and I discussed doing a football page where she could use her Giants scrapbook paper and so I planned it with my Jets paper.

Two Halloween pages with Martha Stewarts paper, Martha Stewarts punches (blood dripping, spiders, spider webs), twine, ribbon, and a felt sticker.  I cut the hats on the pumpkins and mounted them with foam tape then added black stickles.

The football pages were fun to make and I have lots of pictures to add to this type of page.  The football papers, other than the Jets paper, is from Echo Park.  The player, helmet, title, goal post, and footballs are cut on the Cricut.  We had a great time making these pages.  For the Giants page, we switched the colors to red, white and blue.

It's great to leave class with four pages done, ready to add pictures.  Sign up for future Sketched Out classes at the Latham Michaels.

January 2013 Sketched Out Samples-Michaels

Looking forward to 2013 and thinking of snow inspired pages.  The Recollections pack used for the December pages had LOTS of snowman pages.  I loved it.  I selected the pages that said 'Memories Never Melt".

The left side has a red snowflake ribbon across with a large photo mount.  Two embossed snowflakes were cut from another page and have buttons added to the center  Two snowmen were punched from silver glitter paper.  The phrase on the page was highlighted with silver stickles.    The right page has the same ribbon.  The large snowman snowflake is cut from another page.  Photo mounts added along with three punched snowflakes from silver glitter paper.  A really easy page and I love the final product.

This spread uses paper from K and Co.  The birds are placed on the outer sides of the pages.  The inside sections have additional patterned paper from the pack and a green felt ribbon with a swirl of red pattern paper.  Photo mounts are added to both pages and a Cricut cut phase cut in layers are added.  Again, a simple spread.  Two very different looks.

This class is scheduled for January 22 at 6:30 PM.  Register at the Latham Michaels.  Hope to see you there.  Kits are available if you can't attend that day.

December Sketched Out Pages-Michael's

Oh this poor blog has been neglected.  I have lots of past samples to post and a schedule to update but most important to me is to post the upcoming class samples.

I'm actually ahead on the Sketched Out pages. Miracle!  This season I purchased both a Recollections and K and Co holiday paper pack that would include pages for both Christmas and Winter themed pages.  I LOVE this pack.

Here are the two spreads.

This spread starts with two K and Co pages that include the tree on the right.  I cut the tree out of the page.  I layers waves of three patterned papers and tucked them behind the tree.  Some foam tape helps give the tree some dimension.  I added photo mounts and hand cut ornaments with eyelets and gold cording.  The ornaments on the tree have glossy accents and the flames on the candles have gold stickles. The title is cut on the Cricut and sparkled with some bling.

This spread starts with two pages from the Recollections pack.  The left side has a scalloped strip of red on white with Cricut cut gingerbread men and buttons.  The word Sweet is part of a Cricut cut expression. The gingerbread men are colored with a Distress picket fence pigment marker.  The photo mounts are cut with a spellbinders die and some have brown twine tied for extra embellishment.  The left side simply has the rest of the Cricut cut phrase.  Buttons are added on the 'i' of each word.  The photo mount is cut with spellbinders dies.  A Cricut cut gingerbread man is added to the right of the house and colored with the Distress marker.

This class is Tuesday December 18 at 6:30.  A kit can be available if you sign up for class and can't make it that night.  Register at the Latham Michaels.